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Cycle News 1987 12 09

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Michigan riders swept the top two awards at the 16th Annual Florida Winter Olympics which took place at Gatorback Raceway in Gainesville, Florida, ovember 24-28. Brian Swink (Kaw) was presented the Bronze Boot Award as the top Youth division rider and John Kitch (Kaw) received the Golden Goggle Award for being the top Amateur division rider. Both Swink and Kitch won all their races in the TT, MX, stadium MX and Grand Prix competition. Riders from 33 states, totahng 1900 entries, competed at Gatorback. Complete coverage next week. Rick Johnson (Hon) won the November 29 Japan Supercross in Tokyo's' Jingu Stadium. Jeff leisk (Hon) got the holeshot at the start but was soon passed by Ron lechien (Kaw) who opened up a gap only to see a red flag at the end of the opening lap due to three riders having crashed. The restart saw Johnny O'Mara (Suz) pull the holeshot but it was Johnson who soon passed him and then romped home the winner. Jeff Ward (Kaw) finished second. five seconds behind Johnson. with Micky Dymond (Yam) finishing third. Diamandis Communications Inc. has combined the saJes and marketing eHOIts of Cycle and Cycle World magazines under the direction of Jim Hansen. Hansen, vice president and publisher of Cycle World since 1982, will assume responsibility for Cycle as well. Larry Little, advertising director of Cycle World since. 1985, has been named national advertising director of both Cycle and Cycle World magazines. Jim Frahm, who was publisher of Cycle, will remain with the company in an as of yet unannounced position. Randy Pelton, who was advertising director of Cycle, is no longer with Diamandis Communications. FORMED: PM Communications. by Pat Murphy who will be handling AMA race marketing activity and taking on a limited number of other clients; 8755 Rincon Ave.• Sun Valley. CA 91352.818/5040721. The Southern California Professional Bench Racers Association, an informal group of motorcycle industry members best known for its annual group ride from the Los Angeles area to the Laguna Seca races near Monterey, is being dissolved. In a letter to members, Kawasaki's Mike Vaughan, an "officer" of the associa tion, said, "It was decided that in view or the potential liability risk... that the Southern California Professional Bench Racers Association would be dissolved. It was our attorney's consideration that if we ("o££icers") were brought to court, we would probably be absolved. but in order We reported the purchase of the design and worldwide manufacturing rights for England's Armstrong MT500 military motorcycle by HarleyDavidson in an earlier issue. Pictured above is the Rotax-powered Armstrong MT500. Richard Teerlink. president and CEO of the Motorcycle Division of Harley-Davidson. Inc.• said. "We are currently evaluating a bid request from the U.S. Department of Defense. . . it is investigating the use of military motorcycles." The MT500 has been sold to the British. Canadian and Jordanian armies. The U.S. Department of Defense is reportedly seeking a supplier of from 3500 to 21.000 motorcycJes. In addition to Harley-Davidson. Cagiva and KTM are seeking Uncle Sam's business. to do sb, it would probably cost us 25.000." The group received adverse publicity when members were injured i.n accidents during the ride. The board of directors of International Speedway Corporation. Newly crowned 500cc road race World Champion Wayne Gardner (right) and 1986 World Champion Eddie lewson spent Sunday. November 22. in a Reno. Nevada. photo studio posing for an American Honda-sponsored safety advertisement. Coordinated by Dennis Kanegae of Dailey & Associates. the ad will have Honda's Gardner and Yamaha's Lawson delivering the message that they never use the street as a race track. they always wear protective clothing. and they never ride under the influence of alcohol or drugs. The advertisement will reportedly appear in enthusiast publications by the end of the year. following its November 24 meeting in Daytona Beach. Floridll. announced several changes In management positions. Will.... H.G. France (Bill France. Sr.) was elected chairman of the boerd emeritus. William C. France (BiB France. Jr.) was named chairman of the board and chief executive officer. Jim France was promoted to corporate president from his position as executive vic.president; he also serves as assistant treasurer. Jim Foster. formerly vice-president. was elected executive vice-president for cor· porate communications. John R• . Cooper. currently chairman of the board of the Automobile Competition Committee for the United States (ACCUS). was appoi a corporate vice-president and, president of Daytona International Speedway.,John D. Rickie. formerly vice-.president and general manager of the Daytone facility. was elected' vicepresident for public affairs. H()uston Lawing, 79, a member of the International Speedway Corporation board of directors, passed away recently. Lawing, whosuffercd a stroke in late August, was for many years the man who put together the programs for Daytona International Speedway's events. OPENING: Pro-Italia. a new dealership specializing in Italian motorcycles. on December 5. at 3518 North Verdugo Rd.• Glendale. CA 91208. 818/249-5707; Pro-Italia will handle Cagiva. Ducati and Husqvarna intitally. and plan on expanding to sell Moto-Guzzi and Laverda. Pirelli will sponsor the 1988 Florida Winter AMA MX Series, according to WoridSports South (SuperSpons/ Bill West). SPLIT: The Gold Belt Line and to operate independently; The Gold Belt Line. Inc. will continue to make their line of kidney belts and sewn goods; Gold Belt's new a

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